One day later, Huskies cool off, but only a little |

One day later, Huskies cool off, but only a little

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photo/Dominique TaylorBattle Mountain's Dustin Martin shot an 82 Thursday at Yampa Valley in Craig. Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley have one more week before regionals, starting with a tournament at Aspen Monday.

CRAIG ” Coming off one of its best rounds all year, the Battle Mountain golf team lost some of its hot touch Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

“We were expecting the same thing today,” said Huskies coach Cassie Desmone. “You want to keep it going, but it was disappointing for all of us today.”

To put things in context, though, Battle Mountain’s round of 247 isn’t too bad considering where it started out the season.

“Comparatively,” Huskies golfer Dustin Martin said. “But we can do better.”

Wednesday, Battle Mountain shot a 236, led by Cameron Brown’s 76. Thursday, Brown led his team again with an 81. Martin was one shot behind at 82 while Barrett Chow had an 84.

“I felt like I shot horrible,” said Martin, who birdied his final hole with a tap-in putt. “My putting was horrendous. I was missing everything. None of the greens were putting true for me. (The ball) just went straight when it looked like it turned completely.”

As a whole, the Huskies had some trouble on the greens, Desmone said.

“The putts just weren’t falling today for all the kids ” especially mine,” she said.

Battle Mountain finished in the middle of the field, and saw Sam Sterling fire his best round of the year with an 86. John Ryan Melzer closed things out with an 89.

With Brown, Martin and Chow solidified in the top three spot, Desmone is still trying to figure out who will round out the varsity squad for regionals.

Youthful Devils

Eagle Valley, which was at Steamboat Wednesday also, brought another group of golfers to Yampa Thursday.

“They did pretty well,” Devils coach Glen Ewing said.

Austin Farhenholtz, a freshman with the Devils, posted an 85.

“He kind of had a problem putting,” Ewing said. “An 85 isn’t bad.”

The Devils sophomore duo of Kevin Stough (86) and Jalen Aquino (89) kept things sub-90 for everyone, bringing the team score to 266.

“We all could have played better, but it was good,” said Stough, who had his top tournament round of the year. “My putting was pretty good. I had 27 or 28.”

Stough used a lot of pars and chipped in to save double bogey on one hole.

Also at Yampa for the Devils were Evan Buzbee (92) and Cooper Adams (94). Ewing said that injured sophomore Bryan Matthews may be back for regionals, although it’s too soon to tell. In the meantime, Chris Brubeck is filling in nicely for Matthews.

“He’s found a spot and has been consistent in the mid-80s,” Ewing said. “Now if we can just gout both our seniors ” Ethan Smith and Jake Lammert ” to be consistent.”

Monday, both teams are in Aspen.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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